You can think of the CC as the Passat’s more stylish and better-equipped sibling. At a starting price of over $32,000, you get a turbocharged engine and upgraded features with the more aggressive-looking CC. The midsize sedan, or the “4-door coupe” as Volkswagen wants to call it, also offers a V6-powered model with the German automaker’s 4MOTION or all-wheel drive system. But that’s the top of the line—the most expensive model in other words.
NEW FOR THE 2014 CC
- Volkswagen’s Car-Net smartphone integration system
- Executive trim level
- standard rearview camera on Sport and R-Line models
- standard keyless entry/ignition and easy-open trunk feature on V6 Executive models
- standard navigation system on all models
UNDER THE HOOD
A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque sits under the hood of the 2014 Volkswagen CC Sport, R-Line and Executive models. The first two models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automated manual or DSG is optional but also standard on the Executive model. All CC models powered by a 4-cylinder engine are standard with front-wheel drive system.
The top-of-the-line V6 Executive model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system are standard.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 VW CC are the following:
|2.0-liter 4-cyl (manual)||21/32/25|
|2.0-liter 4-cyl (DSG)||22/31/25|
ON THE ROAD
The 4-cylinder engine allows the CC to accelerate quickly enough. Some reviewers suspect it will be the choice of many buyers because it offers better fuel economy than the V6 engine. With the V6, the CC’s acceleration trails most entry-level luxury sedans. But it performs sprightly both around towns and on highways.
Ride quality is quite firm for a midsize sedan. But this might not bother you especially if you are used to driving German cars. Besides, the suspension effectively absorbs road imperfections. The cornering ability and steering feedback of the CC, however, is not like that of a typical sports sedan. But if you’ll be using it as a family car anyway, it handles just right.
INSIDE THE 2014 CC
As mentioned, the CC can be thought of as the Passat’s step-up version. And this is evident in the former’s cabin. The design, material quality, and overall look and feel resemble that of luxury cars’.
The front seats in the CC Sport come with multiple adjustments and heating function, so drivers of any size won’t have any difficulty finding a comfortable position. The backseat, though, has headroom issue because of the CC’s sloping roofline.
And at 13 cubic feet, the CC’s trunk is quite small for a midsize sedan. Good thing the rear seats can be folded down when you need more space.
There are 4 kinds of the 2014 Volkswagen CC. But before you take your pick, take a look at which features automatically come with each model.
Sport: bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, fog lights, power side mirrors with integrated turn signals, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, navigation system with 5-inch color touchscreen and SD card reader, rearview camera, satellite radio, VW Car-Net, iPod connectivity, auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, trip computer, 2 remote key fobs, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, leatherette seats, heated 12-way power front seats with lumbar support, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers
R-Line: R-Line-specific exterior and interior details, 18-inch alloy wheels
Executive: premium navigation system with 6.5-inch display and 30GB hard drive, HD radio, keyless access with push-button start, easy-open trunk access, ambient interior lighting, leather seats, driver memory function
V6 Executive: ventilated front seats, driver seat with massaging function, park distance control, heated windshield washer nozzles, 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system with digital sound processor technology, color trip computer
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